[Milton-L] Christopher Rouse "Requiem"

Jameela Lares jameela.lares at usm.edu
Tue May 6 13:36:00 EDT 2014


The Lazar House in PL 11:478-93 is a possibility, though it lacks easy recognition value, along with Adam's "But have I now seen Death" speech, 11:461-65.

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Jameela and Greg are right. But does the Father die? Is the banishment of Adam and Eve a kind of death, because they do continue on their solitary way. The angels, however bloody, are still immortal. (don't omit the t). Satan et al are turned into hissing snakes, but they eventually break the spell. To be simplistic, the whole question of life vs. death might be summed up in the verse from is it I Cor 15: "...as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive"?

I did think after I sent my first post that Lycidas might be a possible choice, but what part would you use? It would need to be as brief as the Jonson.  The passage ending in 'Lycidas is not dead' might work, as it is a triumphant affirmation of the central Christian triumph of life over death. But isn't a requiem supposed to usher the deceased into eternal rest?

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On May 6, 2014, at 9:50 AM, "Uzakova, Oydin Yashinova" <oydin.uzakova at okstate.edu<mailto:oydin.uzakova at okstate.edu>> wrote:


Perhaps Milton's elegy Lycidas is a good candidate for this series as well, especially considering these concluding observations of the reviewer: "The predominant mood of Mr. Rouse’s 'Requiem' is one of uncomprehending grief and fury almost as if, bereft of faith, it were mourning the death of consolation itself."


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Today's NYTimes has a review of this performance:
http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/05/07/arts/music/a-celebration-of-orchestral-excellence-at-spring-for-music.html

It was the opener for the Spring for Music series at Carnegie Hall. Reviewer Corinna da Fonseca Wollheim comments:

"Rouse also weaves in poems by Seamus Heaney, Siegfried Sassoon, Michelangelo, Ben Jonson and John Milton that depict death through the eyes of those left behind: a sibling, a son, a fellow soldier, a lover. Given over to the soloist — here the beautifully poised South African baritone Jacques Imbrailo — these texts function like the lone figures in old paintings of biblical crowd scenes that stare out at the viewer as if to say: “This is about you."

She singles out only one individual poem,however: Jonson's "Farewell, thou child of my right hand." Without having heard it, I can't think which Milton poem, one that would follow in the series listed above. "Methought I saw my late espoused saint" perhaps. Nobody dies in PL.

Nancy Charlton

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